This has been going on for about a decade and a half, but next year the time has come: the official introduction of the artificial pancreas for diabetics.
This device is intended for diabetic patients whose pancreas no longer produces insulin. That is a case of type 1 diabetes.
The artificial pancreas is completely finished, but still requires a certificate. If the final test phase turns out to be positive, the discovery of the Robin Koops sugar patient will be marketed in the autumn of 2019.
No more puncture and spraying
Koops began in 2003 with the development of devices that ensure that diabetics no longer need to stab, measure, count and spray.
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Over the next three to four months, the artificial pancreas will be tested in 36 patients. This test is intended to check whether the device is safe enough for the patient.
As soon as the results (positive) are known, Inreda Diabetic will increase production at Goor. Inreda Diabetic is a company founded by Koops to develop and produce its findings
"We want to start helping 50 patients every year starting in September 2019. In two to three years, that can be 1,500 every year," Koops said.
Helping many people
When he began developing his discovery fifteen years ago, he could not imagine that it would have so many feet on earth. "You roll from one to the other, but you don't stop, you automatically take the next step, and the beauty is that you can help many people."
The first version of the Koops discovery consisted of two large cabinets. Then it became a device the size of a shoulder bag and now it is a portable small box that the patient can easily carry with him.
How does the device work?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease with too much glucose in the blood. Because glucose is a form of sugar, it's also called diabetes. The insulin hormone plays a key role in maintaining the amount of glucose in the blood, and therefore in diabetes. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. With that, blood sugar is regulated. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer makes insulin.
An artificial pancreas pairs with a pump to a continuous glucose meter. This constantly measures the value of sugar. He sent the pump to give the right amount of hormones, insulin and glucagon. Complications dropped sharply because the value remained much more stable. "This is a big help for sugar patients, because the box controls everything", said Robin Koops, inventor of the artificial pancreas.
Artificial pancreas will cost 4500 euros.
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